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Become A Reporter

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Working As A Reporter

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $40,864

    Average Salary

What Does A Reporter Do

A Reporter’s primary role is to gather and verify information about newsworthy events in order to write news stories for a publication or broadcast. They cooperate with other reporters, chief editors, or producers.

How To Become A Reporter

Employers generally prefer to hire reporters and correspondents who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications along with an internship or work experience from a college radio or television station or a newspaper.


Most employers prefer workers who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications. However, some employers may hire applicants who have a degree in a related subject, such as English or political science, and relevant work experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs in journalism and communications include classes in journalistic ethics and techniques for researching stories and conducting interviews. Some programs may require students to take liberal arts classes, such as English, history, economics, and political science, so that students are prepared to cover stories on a wide range of subjects.

Some journalism students may benefit from classes in multimedia design, coding, and programming. Because content is increasingly being delivered on television, websites, and mobile devices, reporters need to know how to develop stories with video, audio, data, and graphics.

Some schools offer graduate programs in journalism and communications. These programs prepare students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field to become journalists.

Other Experience

Employers generally require workers to have experience gained through internships or by working on school newspapers. While attending college, many students seek multiple internships with different news organizations. These internships allow students the opportunities to work on stories and put together a portfolio of their best writing samples or on-air appearances.


After gaining more work experience, reporters and correspondents can advance by moving from news organizations in small cities or towns to news organizations in large cities. Larger markets offer job opportunities with higher pay and more responsibility and challenges. Reporters and correspondents also may become editors or news directors.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Journalists must be able to report the news both verbally and in writing. Strong writing skills are important for journalists in all kinds of media.

Computer skills. Journalists should be able to use editing equipment and other broadcast-related devices.

Interpersonal skills. To develop contacts and conduct interviews, reporters need to build good relationships with many people. They also need to work well with other journalists, editors, and news directors.

Objectivity. Journalists need to report the facts of the news without inserting their opinion or bias into the story.

Persistence. Sometimes, getting the facts of a story is difficult, particularly when those involved refuse to be interviewed or provide comment. Journalists need to be persistent in their pursuit of the story.

Stamina. The work of journalists is often fast paced and exhausting. Reporters must be able to keep up with the additional hours of work.

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Reporter Career Paths

Public Relations Marketing Manager
Account Director
9 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Specialist Account Supervisor Advertising Manager
Advertising Director
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Project Manager Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Public Relations Communications Director Marketing Director
Chief Marketing Officer
10 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Marketing Consultant Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Communications Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Writer And Editor Social Media Manager
Digital Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Communications Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Senior Manager Director Of Strategy
Director Of Digital Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Associate Producer Account Executive Public Relations
Director Of Public Affairs
8 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Senior Account Executive Public Relations
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Communications Coordinator Account Executive Public Relations
Manager Of Corporate Communications
8 Yearsyrs
Communications Specialist Office Manager Marketing Coordinator
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Marketing Manager
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Editor Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Communications Manager Program Manager Marketing Consultant
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Writer And Editor Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Public Affairs Specialist
Public Affairs Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Managing Editor Communications Director
Vice President Of Communication
5 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
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Reporter Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Mandarin

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Russian

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Japanese

  • Hindi

  • Cantonese

  • Hebrew

  • Urdu

  • Persian

  • Vietnamese

  • Turkish

  • Thai

  • Irish

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Real Reporter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Reporter Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Oct 26, 2015 $150,000
Reporter The New York Times Company New York, NY Nov 08, 2016 $121,923
Reporter Bloomberg, LP New York, NY May 16, 2016 $113,313
Reporter Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Feb 05, 2016 $113,313
First Word Equities Reporter Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Jul 15, 2016 $110,000
Reporter Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $106,700
Reporter Bloomberg, LP Washington, DC Jul 25, 2016 $101,000
Private Equity Reporter Dow Jones and Company New York, NY Aug 05, 2015 $96,211
Congress Reporter Politico LLC Arlington, VA Jan 10, 2016 $94,099 -
Energy Policy Reporter Argus Media, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 11, 2016 $88,982
Energy Policy Reporter Argus Media, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 27, 2016 $88,434
Reporter Nbcuniversal Media, LLC New York, NY Oct 24, 2016 $88,338 -
Reporter Armenian Cultural Association of America, Inc. Watertown Town, MA Feb 15, 2015 $43,000
Reporter World Journal LLC NY Apr 09, 2016 $42,360
Reporter TF Media Group, Inc. New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $42,000
Reporter World Journal LLC NY Mar 09, 2016 $42,000
Reporter Sinovision Incorporated NY Sep 24, 2015 $41,770
Reporter Pacific News Service San Francisco, CA Oct 27, 2015 $41,142
Reporter NRJ TV La OPCO, LLC Los Angeles, CA Aug 16, 2015 $41,000
Reporter World Journal LLC NY Sep 18, 2015 $32,500
Reporter/Editor PTV Network (USA), Inc. El Monte, CA Sep 19, 2015 $32,448
Reporter World Journal La, LLC Monterey Park, CA Jan 12, 2016 $32,400
Reporter The Korea Times Los Angeles, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 18, 2015 $32,400
Reporter II Gannett MHC Media Inc. Salem, OR Jun 29, 2015 $32,349 -
Reporter The Boston Korean MA Sep 27, 2016 $32,240
Reporter World Journal LLC NY Jan 06, 2016 $32,160

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Top Skills for A Reporter


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Top Reporter Skills

  1. Daily Newspaper
  2. Feature
  3. News Coverage
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Served as reporter for daily newspaper serving approximately 45,000.
  • Covered meetings, developed, wrote feature stories and took photos.
  • Aided capitol correspondent in news coverage and archival duties during Minnesota legislative session.
  • Reported and produced packages for local, national and international broadcast; Wrote news stories for the web using AP print style
  • Developed broadcast pieces for air Performed video editing

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